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Rundle, David (2023) Renaissance. In: Rossiter, William and Rau, Petra, eds. Europe in British Literature and Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:100694)

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In the later nineteenth century, British scholars were ambivalent about their nation’s state as part of Europe, but they were certain that it had participated in one of the staging-posts of European civilization’s history, the Renaissance. In the early modern period, something closer to the opposite was the case. Those earlier authors did not have recourse to the term ‘Renaissance’ and they talked more specifically of a revival of good letters, meaning being able to write Latin and Greek as the best ancient authors did; to those studies, they also added knowledge of Hebrew. In Italy, this revival was sometimes seen as a local phenomenon, which they had to export to the rest of Europe, including far-off Britons. In England in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, John Leland constructed a different vision in which compatriots from the preceding hundred years were instrumental in the revival’s success. There were, then, competing models, one of centre and periphery, another of collaboration diffused across Europe. Both these models, however, came under extreme strain when faced with the divisions created by the Reformation.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Renaissance, humanism, revival of letters, John Leland, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Wyatt, Dante, Hans Holbein the Younger
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D203 Modern History, 1453-
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
N Visual Arts > ND Painting
N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: David Rundle
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2023 07:31 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2023 09:43 UTC
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